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Night cough with wheezing

Posted In: Repiratory conditions 11 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 8, 2007
  • 04:54 PM

Greetings. Firstly, I'm sorry If this topic has gone to the wrong section. There's this "condition" and "symptom" section in the forum, which I don't really know which this belongs to.

Im a 17yr old guy. Lately, my mum has been having a sickness that worries me. It all starts when she had cough. It took about 2 weeks for her to recover. And she seems to have a lot of phlegm in her throat. On daytime, she appears normal and seldom coughs, but at night, whenever she fell asleep for some time, she'll wake up suddenly continued by violent coughing. this continues until she recovered.

Just recently, her cough gradually recovered, as well as those phlegm. But a few nights ago, she suddenly woke up coughing again, this time, wheezing and out of breath. Her face went pale possibly due to insufficient air(I didnt notice if her lips went blue). By the time she caught her breath, she kept "burping" out air after each cough, as though there was a lot of air inside her. We went to the doctor immediately, and she was given some "gas" to inhale(I suppose its those for asthma patients), and she felt better. The doctor recommended us to put a bowl of boiling water with VICKS(brand) oilment added in the room at night and arranged an appointment with ENT.

She went to the ENT specialist after that. The specialist said its because of excessive phlegm deposits in her throat that made her hard to breathe, and said something about acid going up her throat, irritating her and causing her to cough. is this acid influx?(read this from ur website)

Yesterday, she woke up again, coughing and wheezing, burping out air after each cough. This time, there isnt any phlegm in her throat. Luckily, it wasn't as serious as the first time. I asked her again for more details. She said that her throat suddenly felt irritated and start coughing. As for the wheezing, I asked if it was her lungs, she said she thinks the wheezing is from the throat as well when she inhale.

Im really sorry for the lengthy post(and bad grammar and english). I tried to provide as many details as possible in shortest form . I hope to know what are the possible sickness and what to do from u all. I checked ur site, but there are too many types of sickness =/ I would like to say thank you sincerely beforehand.

P.S: My mum's going to another specialist soon. But Im still worried. I'll feel better asking for advice from more people. =]



Leo

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  • acid reflux, you mean?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 9, 2007
    • 05:24 PM
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  • Yea, acid reflux. Typo. Thanks for correcting me. I did more research on it. Doesnt seem to be acid reflux, as information says it causes heart burn, which didnt happen for her case. I think its gastric problem. But does that causes wheezing? Thanks for replying!leo
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 10, 2007
    • 04:56 PM
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  • By the time she caught her breath, she kept "burping" out air after each cough, as though there was a lot of air inside her. LeoThis wheezing and "burping out" air you wrote about, and especially that it happens in the evenings... I know this sounds crazy, but have you thought of pertussis? (whooping cough). It starts with coughing, that can seemingly disappear in about 2 or 3 weeks, then comes the hard and painful coughing in the evenings. Doesn't your mom have side-pain when she's coughing? Do the coughing episodes tire her out? If yes, do think about. Lack of fever doesn't rule it out, and neither does vaccination ( it's not life-long). Check if she's subfebrile, or has elevated IgM /IgA for bordatella pertussis.
    annaPEB 29 Replies
    • November 13, 2007
    • 07:35 PM
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  • Hmm..I dont think she had side pain. Well, I've been noticing that the "wheezing condition" only happens when 1) she's sleeping 2) The air conditioner is on. Air dryness probably? She'll wake up suddenly from irritated throat, and start coughing and wheezing. And she says its because of phlegm in her throat, which appeared suddenly in her throat. Thanks for your reply! I'll do a research on it.leo
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 15, 2007
    • 02:29 PM
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  • I've did research on it. Sad to say, It really does match my mum's condition partially. but I've one thing to ask, the frequency of whooping cough attacks will reduce if the air is more humid? I dont know if it's just a coincidence, but the previous attacks happened when the air is dry. And only when she's sleeping, like my previous post said. Thanks for ur reply again. I would have never known it could be something serious. I'll get her to a specialist as soon as possible. Thanks!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 15, 2007
    • 02:59 PM
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  • Most people do not follow the books for their condition. I have acid reflux and no heartburn (unless I drink alcohol). A lot of people don't. Acid reflux can cause coughing and wheezing, as can a lot of other things. Don't dismiss disorders just because she isn't a textbook case or you'll never know what's wrong.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 16, 2007
    • 01:36 AM
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  • I've one thing to ask, the frequency of whooping cough attacks will reduce if the air is more humid?Dry air makes all coughs worse, so you should always prefer humid to dry. Plus I think it helps pertussis, at least it helped mine. :) Salty air might also be useful.Seeing a specialist is a very good idea, try a pulmonologist or - considering the disease - an immunologist. I wish your mum t get better soon.
    annaPEB 29 Replies
    • November 16, 2007
    • 06:58 AM
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  • @Unregistered911Thanks for your advice! I don't have any experience in medical, what I could do was basically research on "textbooks". When I've come over numerous source stating the same thing(acid reflux having heartburn), it comes naturally that I'll believe it. I guess I have to be extra paranoid when it comes to health. =] Anyway, thanks again. Hope you get well from acid reflux!@annaPEBThank you. I hope the best for you too in everything =]. I'll follow your advice. If you dont mind, I have a few question for you, as well as anyone who can help. For pertussis, a patient gradually recovers from it over time? Again, my "textbooks" didn't mention anything about curing the disease, only eating antibiotics to stop bacteria from spreading.For acid reflux, other than sleeping with head slightly elevated, is there anything that can be done to help, in curing or reducing it?Thanks for the replies =]leo
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 16, 2007
    • 02:12 PM
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  • Acid reflux is a common cause of chronic coughing at night while sleeping. She should have a gastroscopy and a 24hour PH test to make a positive diagnosis. Not everyone with acid reflux has symptoms of it. That is what is called silent reflux. If she does have symptoms and isnt taking anything for it, then she needs to use some over the counter medicine for this until she can see a doctor and get something stronger. I don't know where you come from, but there are many kinds of medicines on the markes. One type normalises the acid in the stomach and another type puts a protective layer on top of the acid in the stomach. I recommend that she uses both. In the mean time she needs to build her body up with pillows or some extra blankets at night while she sleeps. This will help her to keep the acid in her stomach in combination with the medicine this should help her irritated throat after a few nights. I hope my children turn out to be as caring as you are. Hope your mom feels better soon! Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 16, 2007
    • 02:52 PM
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  • Thank you kiera. I'm sure your children are as caring as you are. Thanks for the advice. I hope everything will turns out great. Best wishes to everyone of u.leo
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 17, 2007
    • 05:50 AM
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  • annaPEBThank you. I hope the best for you too in everything =]. I'll follow your advice. If you dont mind, I have a few question for you, as well as anyone who can help. For pertussis, a patient gradually recovers from it over time? Again, my "textbooks" didn't mention anything about curing the disease, only eating antibiotics to stop bacteria from spreading.Recovering can be a hard deal when it comes to pertussis... once you've completed the course of antibiotics you were given, the disease is unlikely to come back. However, a cold, or a flu can "bring back" the frightening symptoms, without a "real" relapse.But again: only a specialist can tell what your mum has, I'm just trying to help n my own way, from the other side of the desk. :)Best wishes!
    annaPEB 29 Replies
    • November 18, 2007
    • 07:50 AM
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